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Attendees listen to a speech by Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the Forza Italia party during a campaign event in Milan on Feb. 25. Elections will take place on March 4. (Federico Bernini/Bloomberg)

Italians go to the polls on March 4 for a general election — but revamped voting procedures, a large number of undecided voters and a crowded field leave the outcome up in the air.

Here’s how the new electoral law is likely to play out for the three main competitors, which are Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right coalition, including his Forza Italia (FI) party, the Northern League (LN) and Brothers of Italy (FDI); former prime minister Matteo Renzi’s center-left coalition, which includes his incumbent Democratic Party (PD); and the populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) led by Luigi Di Maio. 

The how and why of Italy’s new electoral rules

After a frantic period characterized by electoral reform in 2015, a failed constitutional referendum in 2016, and two rulings by the Constitutional Court that radically changed the preexisting electoral rules in 2014 and in 2017, respectively, Italy ended up with two different electoral systems based on proportional representation.…  Seguir leyendo »